Tentative Settlement Reached in Developmental Facilities Class Action
Court to Review Proposed Agreement
Ontario and counsel for the plaintiff in a class action lawsuit that includes 12 former residential facilities for people with developmental disabilities have reached a tentative agreement.
If approved by the court, the nearly $36 million settlement would be used to provide compensation to former residents who suffered harm while living at the following facilities during the specific time periods set out below:
- Adult Occupational Centre (Edgar), between January 1, 1966 and March 31, 1999
- Bluewater Centre (Goderich), between April 1, 1976 and December 20, 1983
- D'Arcy Place (Cobourg), between September 1, 1963 and December 31, 1996
- Durham Centre for the Developmentally Handicapped (Whitby), between April 1, 1974 and September 28, 1986
- L.S. Penrose Centre (Kingston), between April 1, 1974 and March 31, 1977
- Midwestern Regional Centre (Palmerston), between September 1, 1963 and March 31, 1998
- Muskoka Centre (Gravenhurst), between August 28, 1973 and June 30, 1993
- Northwestern Regional Centre (Thunder Bay), between April 1, 1974 and March 31, 1994
- Oxford Mental Health Centre (Woodstock), between January 1, 1969 and March 31, 1974
- Oxford Regional Centre (Woodstock), between April 1, 1974 and March 31, 1996
- Pine Ridge Centre (Aurora), between September 1, 1963 and August 31, 1984
- Prince Edward Heights (Picton), between January 1, 1971 and December 31, 1999
- St. Lawrence Regional Centre (Brockville), between April 1, 1975 and June 30, 1983.
The settlement must now be approved by the court after notice of the class proceeding has been provided to eligible former residents.
- This settlement agreement would provide a process for eligible former residents to make a claim for compensation. If approved by the court, compensation claims will be assessed by an independent claims administrator, and will be overseen by the Honourable Ian Binnie, a former judge.
- The 12 developmental facilities closed between 1977 and 1999. This was in accordance with a government decision to close institutions for adults with developmental disabilities and move residents to homes in the community, with appropriate supports and services.
- Ontario funds a range of developmental services and programs that support adults with developmental disabilities and their families. These services allow them to live, work and participate in a wide range of activities in their communities.
- In 2014, the Ontario government made an investment of $810 million over three years to support the transformation and modernization of developmental services.
“This tentative agreement is a step to address a painful chapter of our province’s history. It is my hope that a settlement in this matter will help former residents who suffered harm move forward with dignity.”
“Our government is committed to supporting people with developmental disabilities to live as independently as possible in the community. We are working to transform our system to ensure full inclusion of the more than 67,000 adults with developmental disabilities in communities across Ontario.”
Dr. Helena Jaczek